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AIA President’s Award for Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has received the President’s Award from the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute for Architects for its work on Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

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Irvine Marriott Nears End of $22M Work

The Irvine Marriott has begun a $1.3 million project to remake its arrival driveway area, the last stage of a $22 million overall project that includes room renovations.

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UCI to Open eSports Arena

University of California-Irvine next week opens the first eSports area run by a public university.

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UCI Leads Updraft on U.S. News’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of California-Irvine ninth among public universities nationwide in its 2017 Best Colleges report, released today.

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Ex-Blizzard Exec in Irvine Startup

Former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Creative Director Rob Pardo has started a gaming studio in Irvine that aims to build the types of interactive worlds that made his former company a pioneer in the industry.

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JD Power Sale Complete

The $1.1 billion sale of J.D. Power and Associates, a Costa Mesa-based unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., to XIO Group in London is complete, the consumer data and analytics firm said today.

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Knobbe Martens Sponsors Cyclocross Team

Irvine-based Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP will sponsor the Aspire Racing team for the 2016-17 season, in the intellectual property law firm’s first foray into national sports marketing.

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Creditors Go After Freedom Insiders

Freedom Communications, the former owner of The Orange County Register, has agreed to allow a committee representing its unsecured creditors to investigate possible legal claims against company insiders, according to court documents filed Wednesday in the Santa Ana division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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Burba Adds Caribbean Hotels Show

Burba Hotel Network in Costa Mesa will manage the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

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Airport Area Hilton Sells

Infinity Realty Advisors in Los Angeles said a client bought the 306-room Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport.

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FantasyAces Acquires More Players

The parent company of Aliso Viejo-based startup FantasyAces LLC has entered an agreement to acquire a database of fantasy sports players from Gaming Nation Inc.

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Australia-based online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said a wave of recent losses have prompted it to delay a global rebranding effort that would have consolidated its online operations into a single website——named after its e-commerce subsidiary in Irvine.

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Orange Coast Magazine for Sale

Emmis Communications Corp. in Indianapolis plans to sell Newport Beach-based Orange Coast magazine, Los Angeles magazine and three other regional monthly print publications as part of an effort to go private, according to Orange County Business Journal sister publication Los Angeles Business Journal.

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Bank to Pay $100M for Stadium Name

Irvine-based Banc of California is the $100 million naming partner for the Los Angeles Football Club’s new soccer stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

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StuNews for Newport Beach

The popular will launch a sister publication,, starting September 8.